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Time in the History of Art
Temporality, Chronology and Anachrony

ISBN 9780367516178
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
264 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Addressed to students of the image—both art historians and students of visual studies—this book investigates the history and nature of time in a variety of different environments and media as well as the temporal potential of objects. Essays will analyze such topics as the disparities of power that privilege certain forms of temporality above others, the nature of temporal duration in different cultures, the time of materials, the creation of pictorial narrative, and the recognition of anachrony as a form of historical interpretation.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Dan Karlholm and Keith Moxey

Part I. Historical Time

Chapter 1: Is History to Be Closed, Saved, or Restarted? Considering Efficient Art History
Dan Karlholm

Chapter 2: What Time is it in the History of Art?
Keith Moxey

Part II: Post-Colonial Time

Chapter 3: Time processes in the history of the Asian Modern
John Clark

Chapter 4: Colonial Modern: A Clash of Colonial and Indigenous Chronologies
Partha Mitter

Chapter 5: Artists, amateurs and the pleated time of Ottoman modernity
Mary Roberts

Chapter 6: The Time of Translation: Victor Burgin and Sedad Eldem in Virtual Conversation
Esra Akcan

Part III: Artist's Time

Chapter 7: Arresting What Would Otherwise Slip Away: The Waiting Images of Jacob Vrel
Hanneke Grootenboer

Chapter 8: Twisted Time: Fernando Bryce’s Art of History
Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro

Part IV: Narrative Time

Chapter 9: Heterochronies: The Gospel According to Caravaggio
Giovanni Careri

Part V: Ontological Time

Chapter 10: The Phenomenal Sublime: Time, Matter, Image in Mesopotamian Antiquity
Zainab Bahrani

Chapter 11: Resisting Time: On How Temporality Shaped Medieval Choice of Materials
Avinoam Shalem

Chapter 12: Sarah Sze’s The Last Garden and the Temporality of Wonder
Christine Ross

Part VI: Photographic Time

Chapter 13: Showtime and Exposure Tie. The Contradictions of Social Photography and the Critical Role of Sensitive Plates for Rethinking the Temporality of Artworks
Emmanuel Alloa

Chapter 14: ‘Objects moving are not impressed’: Reading into the blur
Amelia Groom


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Dan Karlholm is professor of art history at Södertörn University in Stockholm.

Keith Moxey is professor emeritus at Barnard College/Columbia University.


"This sophisticated collection is essential reading for anyone in the humanities attending to the 'temporal turn' in the making and understanding of images."

- Mark A. Cheetham, University of Toronto

"...This collection is welcome. ...An interesting addition to, and partial survey of, an increasingly topical field."

- Journal of Art Historiography